|At The NYAC Yacht Club - What Hurricane ? Who Is This Jose ?|
Determined to head south quickly, chasing warmth and sunshine, we planned a passage off-shore from New York to the Delaware River, just as soon as Hurricane Jose had passed by. To access the ocean we needed to travel down the East River of Manhattan, only then we discovered it was closed for security reasons during the United Nations General Assembly session last week. What next ?
|East River Bridge Down - What Next ?|
|Up It Goes And Under Go We|
We steamed down the East River, running with the tide through Hells Gate at over 11 knots, then abruptly had to stop before the lowered bridge span.
Of course you can't easily stop when the river is running at over 4 knots, so we did the obligatory U-turn and pushed backwards against the current for 5 minutes or so until they managed to open the bridge (a rare event it turns out).
With the old span lifted we rushed ahead, the top of our mast a good 40 feet below the steel. From there we accelerated south passing the flotilla of US Coast Guard boats guarding the UN building from possible East River attacks.
Onward, past the financial district and Wall Street, then across the Hudson River to the Statue Of Liberty, and behind her amazing figure into the tiny and protected Liberty Park anchorage. Less than half a meter of water under us as we navigated the approach channel, and not much more depth inside. We squeezed in among four other cruising boats and settled down, planning our offshore passage the next day. Having slept well, at dawn we said goodbye to Lady Liberty and headed for the ocean once more.
|Farewell New York|